Wakefield’s The Spills have been around for a few years, I’m not quite sure how many mind you. A friend of mine suggested 10, but I think it is more like five or six? Either way we’re pretty late to the party, but relieved we’ve finally made it. A couple of years ago the four-piece released an album titled ‘Occam’s Razor’ and we’ve been listening to it non-stop for the past month. We suggest you do the same (it is on Spotify but please buy it here), as it is well worth your time and money.
The band, who consist of Rob, Joe, Chad and Sam have just released a new EP on Philophobia Music titled ‘Spooky Roller Disco’. The four-track EP is a fantastic 16 minutes of music and also a brilliant Simpsons reference. The Spills make infectious indie-pop and honestly, it is a travesty that they aren’t bigger.
Topical ‘Frakkin’ A’ builds slowly and the opening 45 seconds remind us of old American emo bands like American Football or Cap’n Jazz and then the alt-rock kicks in. Scuzzy guitars with clear vocals and clever lyrics, it is a perfect three minute indie-pop song. But The Spills don’t just write three minute pop tunes, take ‘Going Back To Missoula, Montana’, which at just under seven minutes shows off the capabilities of the Wakefield boys. The track finishes after three minutes of heavy guitar solos and the EP ends on blissful slow jam ‘Long Weekend’. Perfection.
Stream ‘Spooky Roller Disco’ by The Spills below: